It’s Fall y’all. Oh yes, I am exceedingly happy about this. I was fretfully holding on to the last of the summer vegetables, until I saw butternut squash. Then my desire for fall vegetables surpassed my love of tomatoes. Bye, bye tomatoes, and hello butternut squash. How I love thee. Now if the weather would only remember it is autumn and bring on some cooler weather. Oh well, we have eaten some form of squash almost every day this week. I cannot help it, I just love, love, love winter squash, like butternut, acorn, delicata, etc. As soon as I see them, I think about a day of fun at a pumpkin patch. I think about Pumpkin Spice Lattes (although they are too sweet now), leaves changing color and ordering a Halloween costume for my daughter.
Even with my long list of things to do; community Halloween party, Halloween itself, my daughter’s birthday party, Thanksgiving, Christmas party, Christmas, I still feel a little more light-footed. That is all fun stuff. With a long to-do list, Mashed Butternut Squash and Sweet Potatoes is an easy side dish for dinner. I save some time by not peeling the squash or sweet potatoes. I roast them first. Then it is simple to scoop out the filling with a spoon. That makes the prep time under 5 minutes. These mix of vegetables need very little to make them shine. A couple of pinches of spices, a little cream cheese to give them a luxurious texture and a little milk, that is all you need. How easy is that?
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Healthy Mashed Butternut Squash and Sweet Potatoes
- 1 in large sweet potato cut half lengthwise
- 1 in medium butternut squash cut half lengthwise
- ¼ cup reduced-fat milk
- 3 tbsp Greek yogurt cream cheese
- ½ tsp kosher salt
- ¼ tsp fresh ground black pepper
- 1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
- Pinch of nutmeg
Preheat oven to 450•.
Place vegetables on a baking sheet cut side down.
Bake for 20 to 30 minutes, until a fork goes through easily.
Let cool slightly.
Peel off the skin and put the sweet potato and butternut squash in a large bowl.
Add the rest of the ingredients and mash.
I calculated 3 Weight Watcher Smartpoints.
Happy Healthy Eating,
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